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Carillion’s Birmingham Library and Balfour Beatty’s aquatics centre

Revealed: Balfour and Carillion first held merger talks in 2011

30 Jul 14

Exclusive: Last week’s approach by Carillion is actually the second time the two construction giants have discussed joining forces

Carillion balfour beatty

Industry sees risk and opportunities in Balfour-Carillion merger

30 Jul 14

Industry figures surprised by merger talks but can see both pros and cons for potential mega-contractor’s competitors

EDF's Hinkley Point C

EDF seeks five consultants for £16bn Hinkley nuclear job

25 Jul 14

Exclusive: Energy firm seeks consultants as it prepares for project to enter delivery phase

carillion news analysis

Carillion and Balfour would be ‘major player’

30 Jul 14

Industry reacts with surprise at prospect of £14bn-turnover construction giant

Construction site

Galliford Try moves into top 10 contractors

25 Jul 14

Building’s annual Top 150 contractors and housebuilders league sees the firm move up to eighth


Tracker 010814

Tracker: June 2014

30 Jul 14

Positive signs as the construction activity index remains unchanged at 57, while, at the sector level, both non-residential and civil engineering experience boosts. Experian Economics reports

More data


Top 150 v2

Top 150 contractors and housebuilders 2014

25 Jul 14

Building’s annual list of the UK’s biggest performers in the construction sector shows that housebuilders have enjoyed the past 12 months most. But many predict the tides are ready to turn for contractors, as Joey Gardiner reports


Zaha Hadid Softbridge project

Zaha Hadid: Softbridge Project, Oxford

30 Jul 14

The groves of academe have been buzzing with debate about Zaha Hadid’s Softbridge project, now on site at St Anthony’s college, Oxford. But for Bam’s engineering team constructing its cylindrical form in a desperately constrained site was an education in itself



Hansom: Verse and worse

30 Jul 14

Poetry (of a kind) wins the day for WSP, placemaking finds its place (on the coffee table), Ken doll’s private bits get a once over, Germany beats Argentina (again) and Didcot A power station is blown up out of all proportion

Inbox: Letters

Different ways to shorten the skills gap

31 Jul 14

A reader responds to Simon Rawlinson’s column with her own ideas about how to tackle the skills shortage

Project news

Campsmount School

Leeds universities reveal £375m pipeline

30 Jul 14

University of Leeds and Leeds Metropolitan plans to spend £375m on capital projects over next four years

Rathbone Great Portland_03

GPE moots major development push

28 Jul 14

Developer considers starting on six new London scheme within next year

High Speed Train

Consultants bid for potential Sheffield city centre HS2 station

28 Jul 14

Sheffield procures consultants for rival HS2 station to Meadowhall

Oxford Station 4

Masterplan unveiled for £75m Oxford station revamp

28 Jul 14

Newly-demerged practice AHR unveils plans, which include three residential and three commercial buildings

Royal Docks

Massive east London schemes take step forward

25 Jul 14

Silvertown Quays development submitted for planning while Royal Docks scheme is given the green light

Bishopsgate Goodsyard

Bishopsgate Goodyard scheme submitted for planning

25 Jul 14

Plans to redevelop east London’s Bishopsgate Goods Yard site have now been submitted for planning permission

Sketch of the week

SOTW 2507

Sketch of the week: Skinners Kent academy

25 Jul 14

This concept sketch of Skinners Kent Academy was a collaboration between Matt Golds and Dan Smith of Hunters South Architects.


Sarah Richardson

Balfour and Carillion - deal or no deal?

30 Jul 14

What would be the potential pros and cons for the industry if this massive merger were to go through?


Allister Hayman

A black day for the industry

25 Jul 14 | By Allister Hayman

There was more hand-wringing embarassment for the industry this week as construction bosses gave evidence on blacklisting to MPs

SOTW 2507

Sketch of the week: Skinners Kent academy

25 Jul 14

This concept sketch of Skinners Kent Academy was a collaboration between Matt Golds and Dan Smith of Hunters South Architects.

From the archive

Safety poem

This week in 1978

25 Jul 14

In 1978, Building ran an article on a poem named The Building Site

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